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Jason Giambi hoping to return for 19th MLB season

Sep 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

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Jason Giambi is batting .241/.380/.329 with one home run in 100 plate appearances this season for the Rockies and just spent over a month on the disabled list with a viral infection. But he apparently hasn’t been discouraged.

According to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, the 41-year-old impending free agent told reporters on Saturday that he plans to return in 2013 for his 19th major league season.

“If somebody wants me,” Giambi joked.

The Rockies need to do some rebuilding and seem likely to move on, but Giambi might be able to attract interest back in the American League as a part-time DH and bench bat if he is willing to accept a one-year deal worth close to the major league minimum.

He’s a .281/.404/.523 career hitter with 429 career home runs.

  1. elwaysmilehighdenver - Sep 1, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Heck if an an old “roid” user like Clemens can still play Giambi has a few more years
    to swing the bat!! Go Rockies!

  2. exibitsman - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Maybe the Yankees will resign him. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

  3. muklodge - Sep 1, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    This story is just gross… Retire already

  4. 27xwschamps - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    Hey !!!! Needles, go away !!!

  5. ezthinking - Sep 2, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    What asses you commentors are. Steroids are suppose to make a player invincible and help him get a huge payday so he can coast into the sunset. Trouble is, some guys just love baseball and want to keep playing,; even at .241/.380/.329.

    Why is it Tejada tries to come back and plays in AAA? Helton and Chipper hang on? Vlady hangs around? Thome? Darren Oliver? They want to play. Simple as that.

    • joeflaccosunibrow - Sep 2, 2012 at 7:42 AM

      It’s not that they want to play, it’s because going to work gets you away from the wife and kids for at least 8 hours.

    • giselleisasucubus - Sep 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      So now because he wants to fill a roster spot w/his pathetic hitting & we are supposed to respect the guy for it? The comments are ignorant? You’re ignorant. This guy is holding on for the money and if anyone signs him, they should fire the scout who advises it.

      Speaking of ignorance, now dare you put Chipper Jones and Jim Thome in the same category with the HGH/Steroid taking Giambi. You may be able to pretend that these guys who got caught weren’t cheating, but the numbers prove it. BTW- take a look at Chipper Jones #’s and Giambi’s- same age too, boss.

  6. Kevin S. - Sep 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    I’d take Giambi back as a platoon DH and bench bat.

  7. willclarkgameface - Sep 2, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    B12.

  8. mmason0071 - Sep 2, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Giambi is still playing? I thought he retired years ago.

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